Servest walks away with 14 awards from the 2020 SALI Awards

September, 02, 2020 Integrated facilities management company – Servest has won 14 awards for landscaping projects that it entered in the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) awards of excellence for 2020. The awards included the overall trophy award for best landscape maintenance site, seven double gold awards, three gold awards and three silver awards. Servest […]

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September, 02, 2020

Integrated facilities management company – Servest has won 14 awards for landscaping projects that it entered in the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) awards of excellence for 2020. The awards included the overall trophy award for best landscape maintenance site, seven double gold awards, three gold awards and three silver awards. Servest also took the SALI trophy award for Best Landscape and Turf Maintenance for their outstanding work at the iconic 20.7 ha FNB stadium.

According to Andre Ferreira, sales director of Servest’s Landscaping division, “Servest constructed the initial FNB field turf ten years ago. “Ten years on, the company is still responsible for the day to day maintenance of this field – which is the largest stadium in Africa. Some of its functions include, fulfilling specialised environmentally friendly approaches such as rainwater harvesting stored in underground water reservoirs, irrigation, composting, wet agents and the use of seasonal herbicide spraying of the field – a feature that earned this entry a double gold award for its water-wise initiative,” said Ferreira

The awards recognised the best use of colour in landscape, best novice entry (which recognises submissions made by contractors on projects for the first time), most innovative and original work in plant material, best-specialised turf construction, best environmental landscape work, most improved home stores, overall facilities management, among others.

SALI and its members are associated and represented by the South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) which was created to promote professionalism and quality in landscaping. The organisation was formed in 1984 by a group of landscapers who believed that the true potential of the landscaping industry could only be realised if landscapers showed unity, produced excellent work and worked with professionalism and integrity. SALI remains the only standards body in the landscaping industry and the voice for landscaping professionals in South Africa. The awards aim to prompt best practice principles to encourage sound green practices across the green industry.

In the past 36 years, the awards have been held at live awards ceremonies. This year, the awards were held online, and winners were announced at a virtual awards ceremony.

Speaking about the quality of work submitted for this year’s awards, Annemarie van der Westhuizen, SAGIC chairperson said, “Submissions showed pride of work being undertaken in landscaping across the country, and no stone was left unturned to make every site look perfect in preparation for the judging day.”

She noted, “This kind of pride in the industry’s work will keep the industry alive, regardless of the obstacles before us, including Covid-19.”

Johan van Rooyen, SALI national judge, noted that “SALI awards have observed that for companies to stay competitive, specialised landscaping construction and hard landscaping that fringes on civil engineering work remain necessary.”

Servest Landscaping was awarded Double gold for the following:
Landscape and Turf maintenance of the:
• Borgo de Felice in Dainfern
• Sandton Sun rooftop garden and
• FNB Stadium aka Soccer City

Environmental landscape works for:
• Strubenkop – Environmental Rehabilitation and Restoration
• Hartbeesspruit – Environmental Rehabilitation and Restoration and

Landscape Construction Installations with design by others for the Javett Arts project at the University of Pretoria.

Landscape Construction Installations with in-house design for the Sandton Sun rooftop garden

Servest was awarded Gold awards for the following projects:
• Standard Bank in Constantia Kloof for landscape maintenance
• House Murphey in Kyalami for landscape maintenance
• Umhlanga Pearls in KZN for landscape maintenance

Silver awards were awarded to the following projects:
• Department of Basic Education for the category landscape and turf maintenance
• Hemmingways Hotel and Casino in East London for landscape and turf maintenance and
• Bryanston Country Club for Environmental Rehabilitation and Restoration

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